Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, July 24, 2017

Charleston - Custom House & Market

This post will highlight a couple of the most famous buildings in Charleston. First is the United States Customs House.
Completed in 1879, it's one of the city's most distinctive buildings.
I loved this tree in the side yard - there's nothing like this where I live.
The City Market is a bustling place with lots of vendors selling things to tourists, and definitely worth a look.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


It's the big brother of Socks and Laika, for Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.
To answer Klara's question on my previous post, I got that circle of sky by carefully choosing a spot for the photo; the fisheye lens helps make the trees seem taller, and anything going directly towards the photo's center doesn't show the infamous fisheye curve. I do very little post-processing on any of my photos. Sometimes I'll crop a little or rotate the shot slightly if I didn't get my composition right when I took the photo, and perform some minor color correction, but that's it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black Forest Trees

For Skywatch Friday, here's a recent shot from a walk in a nearby park, taken with my ultra-wide fisheye lens to make them seem taller than they are.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Charleston Bridge

I always like photographing bridges, and so here's the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
And of course I had to get it with a ship in the frame - two impressive human creations.
And simply because this seems to be a water-themed post, here's a shot of one of the many rivers in the area, I don't remember exactly which one.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Here's our second dog, Laika. We got her from a family which left the country and couldn't take her, and she's adapted very well to us. She's very sweet with people she knows and loves going for long hikes, as well as curling up on (or under) a blanket.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Boats in Charleston

I was busy with family activities the last couple of weeks so I skipped blogging, but I'm back. Up next are some boats from when we were in Charleston last fall.
I love the swampy areas around Charleston.
There's quite a contrast between these two vessels!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Carolina Surfing!

California may be famous for surfing, but it's common on the East Coast too, as is paddleboarding.
These folks looked like they were enjoying themselves in the wavy water.
All in all, a great day!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our First Dog

Here's a current shot of our first dog, Socks. He's 12 years old, and while he's turning grey and getting a little hard of hearing, he still loves to play and go for walks. A couple of weeks ago he happily hiked five miles with me. Next week I'll show you our other dog.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Montaña de Oro Trees

Last time I was in California I visited Montaña de Oro State Park, near San Luis Obispo. This week's Skywatch Friday is of some trees I found there.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Folly Beach Pier

Last week I showed you Folly Beach, and this week I'll highlight its pier.
I always find piers to be fun photography subjects, from every angle.
And what can beat a nice day at the beach?
Next week I'll show you some surfers.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Folly Beach

For Our World Tuesday, here are a few pictures from Folly Beach, near Charleston, from last autumn.
I love the ocean, and living in the middle of a continent sometimes I miss it.
The people living in these houses see it every day, although I'm not sure I'd want to be there in a hurricane!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thunderbirds (1)

Every year the Air Force Thunderbirds put on a display for the Air Force Academy graduation, and it's easy to see anywhere in town. We took a little time off from the office to watch this year's display, and here's one of my shots.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fox Run Park

Since we moved a couple of years ago I haven't been to Fox Run Park as much, but I went there a few weeks ago to try out a fisheye lens before buying it, and here are the results.
It was a learning experience as I'd never used a fisheye before.
But it was fun and I ended up ordering the lens.
There was still ice on the lake a few weeks ago, but it's all gone now.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Grey Skies

Here's a local butte, taken on a recent hike on a rare cloudy morning. I prefer sunny skies.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ruby Falls!

I've shown you some of the Ruby Falls cavern (which you walk through to get to the waterfall) in the last couple of posts, but the spectacular part is the destination, completely within part of the cave. After walking for a while the waterfall becomes audible, and eventually you come to its cavern.
The lights change as you watch.
In my opinion you don't get to spend enough time at the waterfall, but it's certainly impressive while you're there.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hippo (1)

From the zoo, here's a playful hippopotamus for Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Peak Moods (12) - Stormy Again

With all the stormy and snowy photos I post my readers must think that I live in a cold place with a horrible climate. Here's another cold and stormy photo, for my Peak Moods series of photos linked with Skywatch Friday, which are of Pikes Peak taken from my front porch, always within the previous week.
In fact it's usually sunny and rarely cold where I live, but that doesn't make for good photos so you don't see it as often. This weekend I went for several walks with the dogs in the warm sunshine, including in a nearby forest.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ruby Falls Formations

Here are some lovely natural rock formations in the cave that leads to Ruby Falls.
Part of the attraction was how well everything was lit.
Next week I'll show you the actual waterfall.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

White Flowers

I took these photos Thursday morning.
Yes, it's been snowing again! (This last photo was taken with my brand-new lens, a 6.5 mm fisheye, providing an incredibly wide angle of view.)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ruby Falls (1)

Ruby Falls is in a cave near the Tennessee/Georgia border, near Rock City about which I've already posted. It's your basic tourist trap, but definitely worth seeing.
For this post I'm showing you the well-lit trail through the cave; there's more to come.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Uncle Sam!

I don't remember the details behind this photo, but I took it in 1990 when I lived in the Washington DC area. I discovered it when going through some old scans. It wasn't in good shape but I cleaned it up the best I could.

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